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In our global economy, it never hurts to know another language.  Bilingualism can open doors to new careers, new travel opportunities, new cultural experiences, and new friends worldwide.

Don't Spend Hundreds of Dollars on Expensive Language Programs!

The Library has a multitude of resources to help you learn a new language, practice one you're already learning, or brush up on one that you used to know.  And best of all, all of these resources are FREE of charge to library cardholders! 

Open a door to a another world with a new language.  Start today!


Learn a Language with Rocket Languages

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  • Complete, award-winning language courses online. Learn a new language in a few minutes per day.  Comparable to expensive language programs used by business professionals and students worldwide.
  • Languages available:
    • American Sign Language
    • Arabic
    • Chinese Mandarin
    • English as a Second Language for Spanish and Japanese speakers
    • French
    • German
    • Hindi
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Portuguese Brazilian
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Complete course materials are only available to library cardholders. 
  • Access Rocket Languages with your library card.

Borrow Language-Learning CDs and Books from our Collections

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  • Your Library has a wide range of language-learning CDs for every level of fluency. You can find them by searching our catalog
  • Don't discount the value of good, old-fashioned grammar books, language dictionaries, verb books, and workbooks to assist you on your language-learning journey.
  • Children's pictures books, and especially those with accompanying audio CD's, can also be a terrific resource for language learners of all ages.  With picture books, you'll learn whole phrases in conversational speech. Read this blog for a nice summary of the concept.  

Attend Bilingual Events at the Library

The Library offers a variety of programs, mostly aimed at bilingual or learning Spanish-speakers.  These meet-ups and programs include:

Let's get together to speak Spanish and English.¿Aprendiendo inglés?  Learning Spanish?  ¡Hablemos!  Let's Talk! 

  • Tuesdays, 12 to 1 pm & Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
  • This meet-up is free and open to anyone wanting to practice their language skills. It is recommended that participants have at least an intermediate level of Spanish to effectively participate, but everyone is welcome to attend. Children are also welcome, but parents should monitor conversations for appropriate content.
  • Tuesday lunchtime participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch and come and go as their schedules allow. 
  • We’ll have tea and sweet snacks on hand for Thursday evening meet-ups.
  • Get to know other language learners while practicing conversations with in Spanish or English. We’ll choose themes and games that will be entertaining and interesting to all of us.
  • No registration required.
  • Meeting is held upstairs in the Unquiet Study Area.

See our Printable Flyer in both English and Spanish!

  • Los martes, de 12:00 a 1:00pm & Los jueves, de 5:30 a 6:30pm.
  • No hay ningún costo, y el grupo está abierto a cualquier persona que desea practicar su inglés, o su español. Idealmente, los participantes tendrían por lo menos un nivel intermediario del lenguaje que quieren practicar, pero todos serán bienvenidos.  Los niños pueden participar también, pero es la responsabilidad de los padres decidir si la conversación es adecuado para su edad (los temas de conversación varían mucho).  
  • Los participantes del grupo que se reúne los martes al mediodía pueden traer su proprio almuerzo sencillo o merienda, y no hay problema con venir tarde o salir temprano, según lo permita su horario.  
  • La Biblioteca proveerá meriendas por el grupo que se reúne los jueves por la tarde. 
  • Ésta es una oportunidad para conocer a otra gente que está aprendiendo inglés o español.  Habrá varios temas interesantes y juegos divertidos.    
  • No hay que registrarse.
  • Se lleva a cabo en el Segundo piso, en el área conocido como “the Unquiet Study Area”.

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Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingües

  • First Thursday of the Month, 6 to 7 pm
  • Join us for 45 minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English!  This program is conducted by a bilingual librarian.
  • ¡Venga con sus niños y juntos disfrutarán de 45 minutos de cuentos, canciones, y rimas en español e inglés!  Este programa es llevado a cabo por una bibliotecaria bilingüe.
  • Registration is not required. No hay que registrarse.

And keep an eye on our programming pages for more great programs for language-learners!

See upcoming programs, events and classesChildren's Programs at the Library


Watch Foreign Language Films

 No need to pay for costly movie memberships or subscriptions -- we've got your foreign language films here!

Search our Catalog.Search the Library's catalog for foreign language DVDs.

 

 


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